Something You Never Realized About Disney Princesses. This Is Shocking.

This article is based on "Why Most Disney Heroines Don't Have Mothers and So Many More Secrets From the Disney Archives". If you're interested in reading more, check out the link at the bottom of the article.

Last year Glamour magazine toured Walt Disney's house and interviewed Don Hahn, the executive producer of Maleficent, to gain insight about Disney's life and the empire he created. Interviewer Jessica Radloff pointed out that Maleficent is one of the few Disney movies to have a strong mother figure and asked why this is such a rarity. Here's Don Hahn's response:

"Ill give you two stories that are the reasons. I never talk about this, but I will. One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and Disney films are about growing up. Theyre about that day in your life when you have to accept responsibility. Simba ran away from home but had to come back. In shorthand, its much quicker to have characters grow up when you bump off their parents. Bambis mother gets killed, so he has to grow up. Belle only has a father, but he gets lost, so she has to step into that position. Its a story shorthand.

The other reasonand this is really oddWalt Disney, in the early 1940s, when he was still living at this house, also bought a house for his mom and dad to move into. He had the studio guys come over and fix the furnace, but when his mom and dad moved in, the furnace leaked and his mother died. The housekeeper came in the next morning and pulled his mother and father out on the front lawn. His father was sick and went to the hospital, but his mother died. He never would talk about it, nobody ever does. He never spoke about that time because he personally felt responsible because he had become so successful that he said, "Let me buy you a house." Its every kid's dream to buy their parents a house and just through a strange freak of naturethrough no fault of his ownthe studio workers didnt know what they were doing. Theres a theory, and Im not a psychologist, but he was really haunted by that. That idea that he really contributed to his moms death was really tragic. If you dig, you can read about it. Its not a secret within their family, but its just a tragedy that is so difficult to even talk about. It helps to understand the man a little bit more.

He was living here on a hilltop, on five acres. He had just made Fantasia, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Bambi, and Snow White in a five-year span. He buys a house for his mom and dad, they move down from Oregon, and his mom dies. Again, Im not a psychologist to know it all, but its a really interesting story. To me, it humanizes Walt. He was devastated by that, as anyone would be."


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